This month the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, turned his back on more than $7 billion in additional funding for Victorian hospitals, putting politics ahead of patients.
While the Federal Government welcomed the decision by the New South Wales and Western Australian governments to sign onto an agreement to deliver record funding for their hospitals, the Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said that he was very disappointed that Peninsula Health would miss out on a funding increase.
“The State Government’s reckless rejection of the federal hospital funding agreement will have serious ramifications for my constituents in Dunkley.”
Under the new deal offered earlier this month by the Turnbull Government, Victorian hospital funding would increase from $24 billion in the five years to 2019-20, to more than $31 billion in the five years to 2024-25.
This would have been a funding increase of nearly 30 per cent and takes into account Victoria’s strong population growth.
“The Premier has talked about the need for a genuine 50/50 funding partnership, yet funding growth for Peninsula Health has increased at a federal level of nearly 41% compared to just 14.1% from the Victorian State Government,” Mr Crewther said.
Between 2013-14 and 2016-17 the Commonwealth increased funding to Victorian hospitals by 36.4% while the Victorian Labor Government only increased its funding by 13.9%.
“Daniel Andrews must explain why Commonwealth funding for Victoria is growing faster than his own contribution and why he is turning down funding that would provide more doctors, more nurses and more services and support for Victorian patients,” said Mr Crewther.
As part of a new long-term agreement, the Turnbull Government will provide an additional $30 billion for Australian hospitals, totalling almost $128 billion over the next five years.
This will deliver millions of additional services to Australian patients, but unfortunately not in Dunkley.
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